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How to make your wifi go further

We’ve all had that moment in which we just come out of the Wi-Fi’s network range and lose the connection we might have had. It’s frustrating and tiresome – and we understand! That’s why we’ve pulled together three ways for you to boost your wifi signal at home; simply and inexpensively.

We’ll start with Boosters. As you look at your router, you’ll notice a little antenna screwed into the box itself. That’s the piece of equipment that provides the signal around the house. You can very simply and very easily replace this with a bigger antenna; or a more directional one which you can position exactly as you need to.

If you find that you could do with boosting the wifi signal in all directions, for just a few pounds, you can buy an improved generic antenna. This will improve the signal in all directions. With most antennas, it’s usually just a case of unscrew the old and screw in the new.

Extenders are great little pieces of equipment that essentially ‘catch’ the signal and then re-broadcast it (like an extra router). They’re a little bit more expensive and a little trickier to set up than a booster but, once you’ve set it up, you can plug it in as far away from the router (within range) as you can get it and it’ll extend the range for you. The trickiest part of this is firstly, connecting it up to the network and secondly, finding the furthest position from the router possible.

HomePlugs are a really great way to extend your Wi-Fi range; they’re a little bit more expensive than extenders and boosters but they really are just ‘plug in and go’. They work by using the electric wiring of the house to carry the signal that they pick up and are a great piece of equipment. You must be aware that a lot of household appliances can interfere with the signal including light bulbs, so consider carefully where you plan on putting the HomePlug.

All in all, inadequate Wi-Fi range is frustrating but it’s also very easily solved too…just by selecting one of the simple methods above!

It's fantastic to have proper high speed internet at last! John and the rest of the install team were great, please pass along my thanks.

- Andrew Green, Powys